The structure and magnetic properties of sputtered Co/Cu multilayer films with various layer thicknesses have been studied. X-ray diffractometry and high resolution electron microscopy show the films to be polycrystalline with a fcc structure and strong  texture in the growth direction. The magnetoresistance (MR) of the films depends critically on Cu layer thickness (tCu), with maximum values for films with tCu around 1 nm. Large differences in saturating field are seen for films with tCu and tCo differing by a nominal 0.1 nm. The magnetic domain structure, studied using Lorentz microscopy, shows strong dependence on tCu. High MR-value films showed evidence of antiphase magnetic domain boundaries. The high MR samples show antiferromagnetic coupling, with higher saturating fields than seen in the ferromagnetically coupled films.
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